Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Women in Wireless San Francisco Announces 2014 Mentorship Program

The San Francisco chapter of Women in Wireless is thrilled to announce our Mentorship Program!

This year we've designed a unique program to give mentor/mentee pairs an opportunity to sharpen their skills, flex their creative muscle, and partake in a valuable real-world learning project.

The program has 3 phases that each pair will work on together, then present to an industry leader and a small group for constructive, positive feedback:
  • 1: Develop an idea for how mobile technology could improve life in developing areas  
  • 2: Craft and present a VC pitch
  • 3: Build a go-to market plan to bring your idea to life

Mentors and Mentees will be required to attend 4 Women in Wireless events throughout the year to sync up with each other and to showcase their work (about once every 6 weeks).

This is an incredible opportunity to advance your personal and professional development through a direct partnership with other innovative, brilliant, and connected Women in Wireless.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Are You Prepared for a Mobile-Connected Lifestyle?

Pontiac, MI 

Twitter: @mobilecomply
Facebook: Mobile Comply

It is no secret that mobile has changed the way we live, work, learn, communicate... basically insert any daily activity and mobile has revolutionized it. However, many organizations still fall short in accommodating the demand for mobile technology as it becomes more pervasive. Elaina Farnsworth, CEO of Mobile Comply, recognized the need to support the demand which fueled starting the company.  Today she and her company are actively engaged in training and certifying IT professionals on mobile solutions.

What is your elevator pitch? What problem are you trying to solve? 
Mobile Comply is a mobile technology training firm that teaches organizations how to use mobile devices, applications, and mobile tools in their enterprises in a strategic and engaging way.
Our vision is to empower individuals and organizations with competence and professional excellence in building and sustaining effective mobile ecosystems. Toward that end, we provide mobile training solutions, courseware, curriculum development and strategy.

Where do you see the mobile landscape in 5 years?
The world of M-to-M (mobile-to-mobile) technologies will be our new reality in 5 years. The connected vehicle, appliance, streetlamp, wearable device,  health monitors - everything that can have a chip in it will, and those devices will send out messages: to parents, to first responders, to teachers, etc. The implications are huge.

What kind of company culture are you trying to create?
Our core values are: we empower excellence, we act with integrity, we have a passion for learning and teaching, we influence ethical practices, we embrace innovation, we improve society, we set the quality standards in mobility certifications, we value diversity, we respect all people, and we support each other.  I think Mobile Comply is a great place to work, we attract bright, happy and future-thinking people to our team.

What do you think is the most interesting trend in mobile right now? What trends would you like to see in the future?
The trend I see happening is the extremely rapid change in the mobile device environment  - in education, enterprise, and government.  For example, going from BYOD to organizationally-owned devices. Last year it was about MDM (mobile device management) and this year its about EMM (enterprise mobility management). Coming up next is FYOD - (fix your own device).
How the devices are functioning within an organization is changing. In the past, the focus for IT managers was on "How do I manage these devices?" to the present, which is now "How do I protect the data on these devices?"
The trend I am looking forward to most is M-to-M (mobile-to-mobile) technologies - how the car will communicate with your phone and with your heart monitor, for example. Our biggest mission is that we want to teach people and organizations how to manage these advances in the right way - ethically and responsibly.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Successfully (and Happily) Navigate Airports with the tripchi app!

When was the last time you enjoyed your airport experience? The answer for most of us, is a resounding... "never." Chandra Jacobs, CEO of Boston-based mobile app, tripchi, thinks it's time for a change. We spoke with Chandra on where she sees mobile headed, and thoughts on trailblazing this exciting trend!

Update: tripchi successfully funded their indiegogo $10k campaign. To read more on the journey, check out Chandra's thoughts!

What is your "elevator pitch"? What problem are you trying to solve? Airports – the word just conjures up so many negative emotions – lines, delays, unhealthy food, and overpriced merchandise. As frequent travelers ourselves, we understand these issues firsthand. We are a team of 4 people passionate about travel, technology, and solving real problems.

And there is no bigger problem that exists in travel today than the "airport experience," or rather, the lack of one. But it doesn't have to be this way. Airports should be a fun part of the travel journey, not a necessary evil - especially since people spend just as much time in airports as they do on the plane itself.

And that's why we created tripchi - to turn that airport frown upside down!

With tripchi, part of the excitement of the travel experience will be the time spent at the airport.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Event Recap: Women in Wireless and Mobile Monday host Mobile Marketing, Brands and Media Panel

Last month, Women in Wireless Boston teamed up with Mobile Monday to host “Mobile Marketing, Brands and Media” event. Over 300 attendees listened to how top brands and agencies are leveraging mobile advertising and marketing to engage consumers and drive business results.

Our expert speakers included:
Jonathan Stephen, Head of Mobile & Emerging Technologies, JetBlue
Nick Bogovich, Executive Director, Mobile, GSN Games
Gabriella Buerman, Mobile Product Marketing Manager, Rue La La
Jonathan Tatlow, SVP of Connections Planning, Digitas

Watch the panel presentation here:

And, of course, a huge thank you to our sponsors:

Millennial Media